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Suspension of Issuing of Visas and Residence Permissions to Students

The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) and the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB have suspended the issuing of visas and residence permissions to non-EEA nationals seeking to enrol as new students with the following institutions: Eden College, National Media College (formerly New Media College), Millennium College and Business & Computer Training Institute. According to the INIS & GNIB, the suspension follows on from serious allegations regarding the practices of some Colleges which offer English language education to non-EEA national students. Further inquiries into the allegations of irregularities are on-going and further action may follow. See

You are welcome to contact us if you are having difficulties renewing you permission to remain as a student.

The following are some interesting statistics about non-EEA nationals studying in Ireland. During the first nine months of 2013 there were a total of 8,752 Student Visa applications made, of which 7,584 were granted (87%) and 1,168 refused (13%). This compares with 7,790 for 2012 as a whole, of which 6,939 granted and 851 refused.

The major countries of origin of students during the first 9 months of 2013 were:-

• Saudi Arabia (1,429 applications with 99.8% approval)
• People’s Republic of China (1,362 applications with 92.6% approval)
• Russian Federation (1,430 applications with 99% approval)
• India (1,339 applications with 76.6% approval)
• Turkey (410 applications with 90.7%)
• Oman (348 applications with 100% approval)
• Kuwait (234 applications with 100% approval)

Student visa applications from India during the first three quarters of 2013 increased from 662 for the full year 2012 (of which 550 were approved) to 1,339 to the end of September 2013 (of which 1,026 were approved).

Student visa applications and visa approvals from China for the first nine months of 2013 almost matched applications for the full year of 2012.

The Immigration in Ireland – 2013 in Review (, released by the Department of Justice in January 2014 states that the number of non-EEA national students registered to study or in training in the State at the end of 2013 was approximately 39,600 (this compares with a figure of 31,400 at the end of 2012 – an increase of approximately 26%), of which:-

– 39% were in Higher Education
– 21% were in further education (non-degree programmes)
– 27% were on language courses
– 13% were classified as other (e.g. secondary school)

Students make up 33% of the total number of non-EEA nationals with permission to remain in the State. This compares to 25% at the end of 2012.